2017 Fresh Ink Mentoring Participants

DARWIN

Taylor Geoffroy

Graduated from Palmerston Senior College (Darwin) in 2016. Taylor has performed in multiple theatre productions while living in New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory. Since her move to Darwin in 2015 she has been an active member of Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, both teaching and studying the CIYA program. It was through CIYA that she obtained her role in Mr Takahashi and Other Falling Secrets in early 2017. Taylor hopes to focus and expand on her writing skills further through the Australian Theatre for Young People's, Fresh Ink Mentoring.

 

 

 

Stuart Fong

Stuart Fong is a Darwin local with a passion for the theatre. Since completing his training at the Flinders Drama Centre in 2014, he has worked with ATYP and Playwriting Australia, developing new Australian works, played Sam in the Tiny Bricks Theatre sell out production of Deluge by Philip Kavanagh in last year's Adelaide Festival and also sold out the Festival Centre during his run as Axel in the Dress-up Box. He played Ralph in the Darwin production of John Godber’s play Bouncers. And most recently, with Brink Productions in their production of Long Tan by Verity Laughton. Stuart can also be found performing with the Australian Army Band where he’s been a member since 2009 as a vocalist and musician. He has performed with the vocal group the Treble Men and enjoys working across multiple art forms and collaborating with other artists.

 

 

Julia Richardson

Originally from Gippsland in regional Victoria, Julia is a theatre maker based in Darwin, Northern Territory. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (Acting) at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy in 2013. There she trained in voice, Alexander Technique, dance and of course, acting, performing in countless shows and student driven productions. For her graduating Showcase Julia performed a humorous monologue about a lingerie party which she wrote herself. Since leaving university, Julia co-founded independent theatre company, Milkbar Theatre. Through this she has worked as an actor and director, producing all five of their productions in both Melbourne and Darwin. Julia stars in and worked as script editor on short film, We’re Here Now. The film has screened in festivals both nationally and internationally, gaining awards for screenwriting and audience choice. Julia is passionate about promoting female stories in theatre. She intends to write plays that replace empty stereotypes with female characters that are honest, complex, vulnerable, funny and bold!

 

Matt Haubrick

Matt Haubrick or bush thick-knee is a large, ground-dwelling bird endemic to Australia

 

 

 

 

 

MELBOURNE

Audrey El-Osta

Audrey El-Osta is a poet, playwright, and editor. She is currently writing her Honours thesis on the poetry of Dorothy Porter at Monash University. She has performed her poetry at the MUST Container Festival and Melbourne Fringe. One day, she'll live in a subterranean dwelling one could describe as a 'hobbit house.' Until then, you can find her skulking in libraries and bookshops, cackling like a cartoon witch over a meme.

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Clark

Stephanie is an actor, director and writer, who grew up in community theatre in West Gippsland. In 2012, she wrote and produced her first play at age 18- which led to the beginning of her theatre company: Impact Theatre. Since then, Stephanie has written four more plays- most receiving awards in rural theatre circles. She also has a bachelor of creative arts- drama from Deakin University. She is very excited to be given this opportunity. 

 

 

 

 

Louis Corbett

Louis is a Melbourne-based actor, director and producer who has recently made the foray into writing. He has appeared on stage for the MTC in All My Sons (2007) and Rising Water (2011), as well as in Peter Blackburn’s VCA Master’s project Zone 4 (2016). He has appeared on Australian television and in films such as The Dragon Pearl playing the lead opposite Sam Neil, The King, as a young Graham Kennedy, Charlotte’s Web opposite Dakota Fanning and Macbeth. He has completed the Shakespeare Summer Intensive at RADA (2014, London) and last year graduated from the 16th Street Full-Time Program. Louis is very excited to be a part of Fresh Ink in 2017. 

 

 

 

Liam Maguire

Liam is excited to be welcomed into ATYP’s Fresh Ink intake and to be honing his skills as a playwright. Liam studied Acting at Western Australia’s Academy of Performing Arts where he grew enamored with not only performing, but also creating theatre. Through out the two years following his graduation, Liam has developed several original scripts that he looks forward to fine-tuning through out the year. He has also been involved in creative developments for new works by both Ilbijerri and Malthouse theatre companies, including “Little Emperors” which he also performed in earlier in 2017.

 

 

 

PERTH

Jackson Used

Jackson is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, undertaking the Bachelor of Performing Arts – Performance Making course. Prior to this, Jackson studied a Certificate II in Music Theatre at the same institution. In addition, he has recently completed Playwriting Australia and The Blue Room Theatre’s Dramaturgy Training Program. Jackson has a history of involvement in numerous amateur, independent and professional productions in a variety of roles, such as writer, director, performer, producer, dramaturg and mechanist. He has recently returned from Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio and is currently directing sandpaperplane’s production of So You Think You’re Charlie Smith.

 

 

 

Scott McArdle

Scott is a Perth-based theatre maker, publicist, and lighting designer, as well as the founder of Second Chance Theatre. He graduated Murdoch University in 2015 with Honours in Theatre & Drama, and is currently studying Arts Management at WAAPA. Under his leadership, Second Chance Theatre has produced over fifteen shows, including Between Solar Systems (Best Production Team – Blue Room Theatre Awards 2015), Coincidences at the End of Time, and Frankenstein. He was the writer and director of fourteen of these shows. As a lighting designer, Scott has worked with local independent companies such as Second Chance Theatre, The Cutting Room Floor (What’s Love Got To Do With It), The Chaos Ensemble (TANK), and Maiden Voyage (Alone Outside). Recently, Scott has pursued freelance publicity and worked on Bus Boy (Rorschach Beast – Martins Sims Award Winner and Best Theatre Award – Fringe World 2017), Her Crown (Ellen-Hope Thompson), and 4-in-50 (Hand-in-Hand Theatre).

 

 

Rachael Woodward

Rachael Woodward is an emerging performance maker, creator and collaborator who is interested in performance that facilitates an experience for an audience. A recent graduate from WAAPA’s new Performance Making course interested in interdisciplinary visual performance, and has a background in physical theatre. She has devised and directed What’s Love Got To Do With It? at Blue Room Theatre (2016) and has had the opportunity to work with companies such as Snapcat (Rumble Strip, Lighting Furries), Blank Space Productions (Edge, Stage Manager) and be involved in shows such as West of The Moon (Clare Testoni) and If My Body Was A Poem (Maddie Godfrey). In 2016 she also completed the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre First Hand Training Program where she developed her show Valentine, an intimate interactive show combining clowning and shadow puppetry. Rachael is a teaching artist who loves to work with young people.

 

 

Hannah Cockroft

Hannah is a 20-year-old creative writing enthusiast currently completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia. She's loved writing stories and getting involved in theatre since she was quite young. Hannah loves playwriting because it lets her combine both of these things. She's have written some short stories for Pelican Magazine (the student magazine at my uni), and was recently chosen as a finalist for Frankie Magazine’s Good Stuff Awards 2017. Usually, Hannah gets writing inspiration from childhood anecdotes or Australiana, but she has also written stories about things like ghosts and ants and nude beaches. In the future Hannah hope to be able to work in a field that allows me to be creative and make good theatre.  

 

 

SYDNEY

Moreblessing Maturure

Moreblessing Maturure, the Creative Director of FOLK Magazine is a Zimbabwean/Australian inter-disciplinary artist. As an actor on both stage and screen in various projects, Moreblessing has garnered a great wealth of experience in a plethora of fields within the performing arts processes including writing, devising, performance directing and producing. THEATRE: Fallen (Sport for Jove, She Said- performer) The Bee and the Tree, Like Me, Age of Entitlement, The Way of the Wall (Mongrel Mouth-performer/writer) Hairspray: The Musical (Backstage UTS-Producer) Neighbours (Short and Sweet-Director) SCREEN: Displaced, Undefined Black Beauty, Searching for Babel, The Last Men, Marley,Someone, (Short filmPerformer) Akoni (Feature-Performer) Seen and Heard, Be in the Know, Count Me In (Gov. Videos-Performer) As a writer, Moreblessing utilises various forms of linguistic expression ranging poetic, dramatic and analytical writing. Having been published in a range of online magazines and having had her plays produced in the past, Moreblessing hopes to re-imagine what theatre can do- how to merge other forms of linguistic expression on the stage while still being engaging and dramatic. Mongrel Mouth, PWA, Eureka Street, The Q.

Disapol Savetsila

Disapol Savetsila is a Sydney-based writer and theatre-maker. His prose has been published in the Stringybark Anthology A Tick Tock Heart, Melaleuca Blue’s You’ll Eat Worse than That Before You Die, Australian Theatre for Young People’s (ATYP) Between Us, Melbourne Book’s Award Winning Australian Writing 2015, and on Seizure Online . His theatre writing credits include Unwrap Me and Hothouse (Budding Theatre), as well as Hissyfest Wyong and Hissyfest 2015 (Tantrum Theatre). In 2013, he was a winner of ATYP’s national monologue competition ‘Where in the World’ and Stringybark’s ‘Future Times Award’. He is a member of Theatre versus Everything, co-writing PressOne4Love for Crack Theatre Festival 2015 and A Walk to Remember for You Are Here 2017.  He is also a University of Wollongong undergraduate.

 

 
 
 
 
Jordan Shea
 
Jordan Shea is an emerging Asian-Australian writer, teacher and director. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne’s MA-Writing for Performance (Hons II), his works have been performed, produced and workshopped in both Sydney and Melbourne. Upon graduating, he was appointed one of the resident playwrights at the Old 505 Theatre, and is currently a member of Belvoir’s writers group. He is also one of the invited participants for the live streamed Joanna Murray Smith Masterclass later this year. His current projects/developments include Mufti every day for ATYP, Testing Words for Old 505, Without Him for the VCA/Open House Theatre and directing Liz Hobart’s new play; Snap Season for the Sydney Fringe Festival. His play Little Differences, dealing with race relations in youths, was published by Currency Press and performed earlier this year at ATYP. Jordan’s writing aims to give a voice to the marginalised and encourage the normalization of diversity. In order to feed an expensive theatre and travel habit, he has previously worked selling candles, concert tickets, ushering and now finds himself tutoring creative writing/playwriting to people of all ages. 

 

Gretel Vella

Gretel Vella is a writer and dramaturg from Sydney. She has an undergraduate degree in Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology, Sydney, where she trained in screenwriting, directing and filmmaking. During her time at University she was able to produce a number of documentaries and shorts including her graduating comedy film ‘Pound Town’. She has also enjoyed placements at Channel Ten, post-production house, Spectrum films in Fox Studios, Australia and a role as marketing assistant, script editor and post production coordinator on Australian independent feature ‘Damaged’. ‘Damaged’ has recently been included in the official selection for the Sydney Indie Film Festival and the Sydney Lift Off Film Festival. In 2017, Gretel will complete her masters degree in Writing for Performance at The National Institute of Dramatic Art. During her time at the Institute Gretel was involved in the writing and creation of a number of shorts, a feature film and her major work - a 6 part comedy television series entitled ‘Carking It’, which was long listed for the Australian Writers Guild’s Primetime Screenwriting Competition. Her theatre making credits at NIDA include co-creating Director's Production ‘All That Glitters’. She has been privileged enough to receive mentoring opportunities from course coordinator and playwright Stephen Sewell, production house ‘The Dollhouse Collective’ and time in the writer’s room for Channel Nine’s Doctor, Doctor. Gretel is currently working as an associate artist with Glitterbomb Sydney with whom she has written and co-created sketch comedy ‘A Period Piece’ for the Old 505 in Newtown. Her next projects include web series ‘Hoods’ with Blackridge Productions and romantic comedy ‘No Love for Iguana’ for the Sydney Fringe Festival. Gretel has recently established arts collective, ‘Pretty Nice Company,’ with fellow NIDA alumni, Emme Hoy.